Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2013

The Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013 expands on the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008, which guaranteed DC workers the right to earn paid annual leave for physical or mental illness, preventive care, family care, parental leave and absences associated with domestic violence or sexual violence. This act includes certain groups of workers who were not receiving benefits previously.

Key features:

  • Reduces the length of time an employee must work before becoming eligible for paid leave:

    • The required amount of time an employee works at a company before receiving paid leave is reduced to 90 days.

  • Tipped employees are now eligible for paid leave:

    • Tipped employees were excluded under the 2008 but included in the 2013 act. They are to be paid leave at a rate at or above the minimum wage.

  • Expands the definition of “employer”:

    • An “employer” is now defined as any entity that directly or indirectly employs or exercises control over the wages, hours, or working conditions of employment.

Current status: The Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013 is effective as of February 22nd, 2014.

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